Hitman 3 is the culmination of IO Interactive’s World of Assassination trilogy. Over the past five years, this pseudo franchise reboot has seen players around the world sign a series of deals. Hitman 3 will once again welcome players to the dark world of professional assassination and guide them through its many intricacies.
In his heart, Hitman 3 is a stealth puzzle game with a multitude of ways to achieve goals. While donning Agent 47’s iconic black suit, red tie, and silent pistol, players will infiltrate large open maps, follow and assassinate their targets. Hitman 3 offers six distinct locations: Dubai, Dartmoor, Berlin, Chongqing, Mendoza and Romania.
Yes Hitman 3 is your first outing as a bald master assassin, it can be a bit intimidating. Despite having played almost all Hitman game that has been developed, I still find myself a little overwhelmed when I first step on a new map. There is so much to explore, see and interact with. This is enough to make your head spin when you start to admire the surroundings around you. On top of that, you have contracts to complete.
I set up a Hitman 3 beginner’s guide to help you. If this is your first time playing Hitman game or if you need a reminder of what Agent 47 can do, you’ve come to the right place.
Complete the ICA Installation Tutorial
Back when Hitman (2016) released, a prologue mission was included which served as a tutorial for players. The ICA Training Facility tutorial is available again and should be your first stop if you’ve never played Hitman Game.
In the short 10 to 15 minute tutorial, Agent 47 is tasked with eliminating a singular target. Her manager, Diana Burnwood, assists on an earpiece and provides much-needed advice along the way. In Hitman 3, Diana will guide players on occasion but leave a lot for players to discover for themselves. The tutorial is where players can get a feel for the main game mechanics and the main game loop. Silent teardowns, using disguises, and melting in the environment are all covered.
There’s even a Freeform version of the tutorial to play if you want to experiment and branch out. This is where you can start creating more complex assassination scenarios or strive to complete the tutorial as a silent assassin without blowing up your cover.
Use disguises often
Disguises are the perfect way to infiltrate many areas of the map without intrusion. In Hitman 3The location of Dubai, for example, a security guard uniform will allow you to explore many areas that are not accessible to Agent 47 and other guests attending the event.
In Hitman, disguises are designed to work in an almost tiered system. A lower level disguise – say, a bartender – will allow you to enter some of the inaccessible areas of the map, but not all. What this will allow you to do is easily get close to the aforementioned security guards. From there you can take their outfit and access even more areas. However, you will still be caught if you try to enter a private suite or an office of your target. However, you can use the Guard Outfit to knock yourself out and disguise yourself as a Private Soldier.
Experiment with the outfits and test the limits of each. You’ll know you’ve reached a limit if you start to arouse suspicion or if other guards tell you that an area is off-limits to you. However, beware of the executors on the map. They can be spotted by the white circle above their heads. These NPCs can see through your disguise and will begin to alert others to any intrusion.
Coins are your best friend
When you start your first game of Hitman 3, you won’t have a lot of tools and weapons to take with you. One item in particular that you should always use is coins.
Using coins is the most reliable way to distract enemy NPCs. While you can bring a set of coins with you when preparing for a mission, you can often find coins littering the map. Coins can be thrown by Agent 47 to gain the attention of a single NPC or multiple NPCs at once. When thrown near an NPC, they walk towards it and pick it up. You can then use that time to sneak past a door or area they were guarding.
Coins are also a valuable resource for luring an NPC away from a group. You can throw a coin behind a wall or any other obstacle. As they walk out of sight of their friends, you can take them out quietly and get rid of the body.
As with anything else in Hitman 3, you should experiment with how the parts can be used. In some cases, the coins can be used to lure your target into an area where you can set up an accidental kill. Throw a piece right under a hanging chandelier. When your target reaches to put their greedy little hands on it, cut the chandelier cord and walk away like the stealth agent that you are.
Prioritize mission stories
Almost all missions in Hitman 3 have a series of mission stories to complete. Hitman players will likely recognize them as opportunities, but they’ve been renamed.
Mission Stories opens a step-by-step guide in Hitman 3, that leads down paths to assassinate your targets. It is strongly recommended that you prioritize as many Mission Stories as possible the first time you tackle a Mission. They serve as a fantastic introduction to the map, key NPCs, as well as setting up awesome gameplay moments.
In your menu, you can select one mission story at a time, which will cause an aqua bulb to appear on the map. This will direct you to listen to a conversation and open the guided path. Keep following the instructions in the upper left corner of your screen and before you know it you will have blood on your hands.
Along with having tips along the way, completing mission stories also comes with challenges, which will help you level up and unlock new items, disguises, and starting locations.
Complete as many challenges as possible
Challenges are the main system of progression Hitman 3. Completing each challenge will earn you XP and start unlocking new items and locations. These will then make your next game a bit more varied, as you can rework your entire execution plan.
To be honest, the challenges are a lot of fun. However, the number of individual challenges in any given mission is a bit overwhelming. It’s hard to focus on just one so I find it helps organize a bit of a plan. Once you start learning the ins and outs of a map, you’ll have a better understanding of the challenges you can overcome along the way. Some challenges are as simple as finding a specific item on the map or dressing up as a specific NPC. Others are a bit more complex. One that comes to mind is the Flying Monkey Business challenge. To complete it, you must place a banana in a specific location so that your target slides while evacuating.
A large number of challenges can be rewarding and can stimulate creativity. In a single series of Hitman 3 is not very long, the challenges make you go back and try new things. While Hitman is a stealth driven game, you can have a lot of fun with its inner workings.
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